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This Week on Washington Week: The Future of American Democracy

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It's been a busy week on Capitol Hill. Late Wednesday night, the House passed the “For the People Act,” a sweeping campaign finance and voting rights reform bill, as a very divided country battles over how to vote, who gets to vote, and fair and equitable voting overall.

Security officials have been on the Hill this week, facing tough questions and giving sometimes conflicting answers about the siege on January 6th. What did law enforcement know and when did they know it? Was this a failure of intelligence or communication? What happens next when it comes to handling the issue of domestic terrorism?

And President Joe Biden announced this week that he expects there to be enough vaccines for all American adults by the end of May, much earlier than initially projected. Despite being behind the curve in getting his state vaccinated, Texas Governor Greg Abbott decided it was time to open up and announced he’s pulling back the mask mandate and COVID protocols like social distancing, defying CDC guidance. Biden, in response to Texas and Mississippi’s decisions to open up, said “The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime, everything’s fine, take off your mask and forget it. It’s critical, critical, critical, critical that they follow the science.”

Joining guest moderator and Cook Political Report National Editor Amy Walter:

  • Sahil Kapur, National Political Reporter for NBC News
  • Jonathan Martin, National Political Correspondent for The New York Times
  • Amna Nawaz, Senior National Correspondent for The PBS Newshour


The conversation continues on the Washington Week Extra, streaming live on Facebook, YouTube and our website at 8:30PM.